Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR)
Emergency Preparedness Programs
STRATEGIC NATIONAL STOCKPILE (SNS) PROGRAM represents the large quantities of medicine and medical supplies needed to protect the residents of Clayton County in the event of a public health emergency (such as terrorist attack, flu outbreak, earthquake, etc) severe enough to cause local supplies to run out. Once federal and local authorities agree that the SNS is needed, medicines will be delivered to our community within 12 hours.
What you should know about the medicines in the SNS?
SNS program is part of a nationwide preparedness training and education program for state and local health care providers, first responders, and governments. The program alerts officials to the important issues they must plan for in order to receive, secure and distribute SNS assets.
To learn more about the Strategic National Stockpile, visit www.cdc.gov/phpr/stockpile
CITIES READINESS INITIATIVE (CRI) PROGRAM represents a program of the Clayton County Board of Health, Emergency Preparedness Office funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This main focus of this program is to prepare the cities in Clayton County (Jonesboro, Forest Park, Riverdale, Lake City, and Morrow) to effectively respond to a large-scale bioterrorism event by dispensing antibiotics to the entire population within 48 hours of the decision to do so. This program is necessary to enhance preparedness of all levels of government and to provide a consistent nationwide approach to prepare for, respond to, and recover from, a large scale public health emergency. Past events have taught us that the risk of terrorism, including bioterrorism, being perpetrated against Americans is real. The ability to quickly deliver countermeasures to a large population is a main goal of public health. Clayton County was selected to participate in this federally funded program based on the population, geographical location, and potential vulnerabilities to a bioterrorism threat.
PANDEMIC INFLUENZA PROGRAM exists mainly to provide awareness to the citizens of Clayton County relating to the pandemic influenza. The Emergency Preparedness staff routinely visits churches, civic organizations, daycare centers, and others, in an effort to provide awareness and education about the pandemic influenza.
Seasonal influenza viruses are a public health problem every year and are spread easily from person to person. Avian influenza (H5N1) viruses (or bird flu) are devastating global outbreaks from poultry that cause severe but rare human infections; however the H5N1 virus does not spread easily from person to person. Pandemic influenza viruses appear in the human population periodically and the H5N1 is a likely candidate, but is not a pandemic virus yet.
To learn more about pandemic influenza, visit www.pandemicflu.gov
Precautionary measures to lessen your chances of getting the flu include:
Flu shots are available at the Clayton County Board of Health. Click here for more information.
Clayton County Board
Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response
685 Forest Parkway, Forest Park, GA 30297
Phone: (678) 610-7467 Fax: (770) 603-4874